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3 Unique Thanksgiving Sides

3 Unique Thanksgiving Sides
Get into the Thanksgiving spirit with healthy sides! Thanksgiving is a great time for reflection, family and delicious home cooking! This year, we're taking classic sides, and giving them a fresh flavorful twist with a couple of unexpected ingredients. Plus, they're Dairy-free! With these recipes under your belt, you'll be more than prepared to serve up sides at your feast! 

Charred Broccoli Parmesan

Servings: 3
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Ellyndale Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 head chopped broccoli florets (about 5 cups)
1-2 tablespoons water (if needed)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese or Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions: 

1. Add half of the olive oil measurement to your pan, followed by crushed garlic. Saute while stirring occasionally until fragrant or lightly browned.
2. Then add chopped broccoli and remaining olive oil. Saute on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until desired softness and char. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if the pan gets too dry. Note that you can poke with a fork to test softness!
3. Then add Parmesan cheese, or nutritional yeast if you want a vegan dish.
4. Lastly, add salt and pepper. Serve hot!

Cauliflower Garlic Mashed "Potatoes"

 

Copious amounts of butter optional! We replaced ours with coconut oil that's infused with natural butter flavor!
Servings: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

1 head of cauliflower florets
1 teaspoon Simply Organic Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons of butter, or Organic Coconut Infusions™ Butter
1/4 cup cream cheese, or Kite Hill Vegan Cream Cheese (which is dairy-free!)
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, or Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

1. In a large pot, place a steamer insert inside. Add water to just below the steamer, and bring to a boil.
2. Add cauliflower florets to steamer basket and cover with a lid.
3. Steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat.
4. Transfer half the steamed cauliflower to a food processor; cover and blend on high. Add remaining cauliflower florets, one at a time, until the consistency is creamy.
5. Blend in garlic powder, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper. Serve while hot!

Harvest Quinoa Stuffing

Servings: 8
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
2 cups Cadia Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
1 sprig rosemary
1 cup diced organic dried apricots
1 cup organic whole grain quinoa
2 teaspoons Redmond Real Salt
1 Tablespoon orange juice
2 onions, chopped
1 Tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
1 Tablespoon organic Sucanat cane sugar

Directions:

1. Toast almonds in a sauté pan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a pot over high heat, combine vegetable broth, rosemary, apricots, quinoa, 1 teaspoon of salt, and orange juice.
3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer for 10-15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all the liquid.
4. In a separate pan, sauté onions in coconut oil, Sucanat sugar, and remaining sea salt until onions are soft and golden brown.
5. Combine caramelized onions with cooked quinoa and serve warm. Garnish with additional toasted almonds and rosemary if desired.
Do you have a favorite healthy, unique dish for the holidays? Share it with us by uploading a photo to Instagram or Facebook and tagging @fruitfulyield. Or, tell us in the comments below!

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